The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium manages and offers several fellowships each year in conjunction with the National Sea Grant College Program and other federal partners, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

– The NOAA/Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (NOW OPEN for 2022)

An eligible applicant is any student, regardless of citizenship, who, on February 21, 2021, is enrolled towards a degree in a graduate program that has an interest in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The graduate degree must be awarded through an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or U.S. Territories. This opportunity matches graduate students interested in ocean resources and the national policy decisions affecting them with “hosts” in the Washington, D.C. area for a one-year paid fellowship. The length of assignment is one-year (non-renewable) and dates of the official fellowship are February 1, 2022 – January 31, 2023.

Application information may also be found HERE. Additional details can be obtained from the eligible Sea Grant programs.

KNAUSS FFO – NOAA-OAR-SG-2021-2006204 (Full Announcement)

Applications are highly encouraged by Monday, February 8, 2021 and must be submitted to the state Sea Grant program by Friday, February 19, 2021. Interested applicants must apply through their local Sea Grant Program.  New Jersey applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to Dr. Peter Rowe a minimum of one month prior to the state application deadline to provide notification of their intent to apply and request application support. Applicants should also allow sufficient time to schedule an interview at the program’s request.

For more information on the Knauss Fellowship, please click here.
Printable overview of the Knauss fellowship (PDF)

– The National Marine Fisheries Service/Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics (NOW OPEN for 2021)

Since 1990, Sea Grant and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have partnered to train students through this joint fellowship program available to US citizens who are graduate students enrolled in PhD degree programs in academic institutions in the US (and its territories) and who are working towards a doctorate degree with a focus in quantitative methods for assessing marine ecosystems and/or marine resource economics. Only US citizens are eligible to apply. Foreign Nationals are not eligible.

The two opportunities, Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics, have been combined into one NOFO for 2021. Separate review panels will still be held, therefore all applicants must indicate their concentration – either Population and Ecosystem Dynamics (PED) or Marine Resource Economics (MRE) – on their cover sheet.  The request for federal funding has been increased to $53,000 per year for up to three years. Learn more about the NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program here.

Please click HERE for the full instructions package. And for a “quick guide,” please click HERE.

The Population and Ecosystem Dynamics AND Marine Resource Economics Federal Funding Opportunity can be accessed on Grants.gov at NOAA-OAR-SG-2021-2006728.

Students must submit applications to the Sea Grant office in the state where they are receiving their degree by by 5pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 (local time). New Jersey students are encouraged to contact Dr. Peter Rowe at the NJSGC with any questions or concerns.


PLEASE NOTE: If you are enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education in New Jersey or are a New Jersey resident you must apply for the above mentioned fellowships through New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. Students DO NOT submit their applications for these fellowships into Grants.gov. That is done by the local program.

Please contact Dr. Peter Rowe at 732-872-1300 x31 for further information regarding this process.


If any of the following NOAA websites and associated links are not available due to a lapse in appropriation, we will provide update as soon are more information is available. If you are unable to access a specific document, please contact dbellini@njseagrant.org.

The NOAA Office of Coastal Management (OCM)/Sea Grant Coastal Management and Digital Coast Fellowship Program (CLOSED)

This program offers on-the-job education and training in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and provides assistance to state coastal zone management agencies and NOAA partners.  The nine fellowship positions start in August 2020 and are available with the California State Coastal Conservancy, the coastal programs in Delaware, Guam, Maryland, Texas, and U.S. Virgin Islands, and three of our Digital Coast partners, including the Association of State Floodplain Managers (in partnership with the Coastal States Organization), the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association, and The Nature Conservancy.

Eligibility requirements, descriptions of the projects, and guidance on how to apply can be found at coast.noaa.gov/fellowship (or view this flyer for more information).

For the 2020 fellowship, applicants must complete a Master’s or other advanced degree at an accredited U.S. university between January 1, 2019, and July 31, 2020, to be eligible. A broad range of degrees are applicable to the fellowship because the projects are varied among the host organizations. This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.

Application for the 2020 Coastal Management Fellowship Program must be submitted to the Sea Grant office in the state where the student is receiving their degree by Friday, January 17, 2020 5pm local time. New Jersey students are encouraged to contact Dr. Peter Rowe at the NJSGC with any questions or concerns.

The NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (OAP)/Mid-Atlantic Sea Grant (MASGP) Ocean Acidification Graduate Research Fellowship (CLOSED)

The overall goal of this fellowship is to develop ocean acidification (OA) researchers who can respond rapidly to the anticipated ocean acidification in the Mid-Atlantic region. This two-period fellowship (covering the 2018-2019 academic years) provides hands-on experience in translating research results to coastal and marine stakeholders through a professional mentor and offers unique professional development training opportunities. While supporting other exceptional graduate students already engaged in education and research that furthers the goals of the MASGP and OAP, the Ocean Acidification Graduate Research Fellow will address issues relevant to coastal ecosystems and communities related to coastal and ocean acidification in order to improve understanding of the potential ecological consequences of increasing carbon dioxide concentration in regional coastal waters. Through these fellowships MASGP and OAP will achieve their goals of 1) increasing OA knowledge and research capacity in the Mid-Atlantic region through education and workforce development; 2) addressing key priority research needs on OA within the Mid-Atlantic region, and; 3) transferring fellowship research OA knowledge to relevant stakeholders through outreach and extension.

Potential OA Fellows must already be enrolled in an accredited university and have an academic advisor who will act as the primary mentor for their education and research. The opportunity is open to students in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York or Virginia. A total of six OA research fellowships are available – one in each Mid-Atlantic state and one from the total pool of applicants.

For more information on the Ocean Acidification Graduate Research Fellowship, please visit noaa.gov or click here (students apply through e-SeaGrant). And  here is further instructions on how to apply.